In his “The Lifestyle Design (un)Manifesto” Eric calls for the transformation of lifestyle design “into a collective of people who can influence the greater culture for a sustainable future.” Can lifestyle design be reformed into something more socially valuable? Put to work on the right problems, perhaps it can. But there are a few questions that we have to ask first.
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If you hadn’t noticed, Beyond Growth has been very quiet in 2010. We had a few strong posts at the beginning of the year, but since then the feed has been quiet. In a sense this is because Beyond Growth (and it’s authors) have been experiencing a kind of existential crisis within the personal development and marketing fields. When Beyond Growth launched, we really made few of our goals clear, aside from an intention set in the sidebar to focus on several broad topics. All of our intent and ideas were exposed either in the context of the posts or our surprisingly successful comments section. The truth is that our goals for Beyond Growth were and still remain quite broad. We have plans to ramp up our posting in the coming weeks and months, and to begin this post will make one of our goals more clear. (more…)
A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley depicts an ordered society where humanity is tamed and controlled through the use of excessive pleasure. This pleasure comes in the form of unlimited sex, a designer drug named “Soma,” and a caste system that designs people specifically for their social roles, eliminating unhappiness in the work force. The society as a whole is conditioned to believe in a consistent set of values, primarily designed to keep everyone in line and the system of consumption functioning at a near perfect level of efficiency. Those are not fitting into society are encouraged to enjoy themselves by taking Soma, as its hallucinogenic and anti-depressant effects allow them to snap back into blissful conformity with ease. In essence, Huxley dreamed of a world where unimportant pleasures distract us from the greater problems at hand, and in the case of the book these problems manifested as the sheer level of control and lack of freedom exerted over all of humanity by the system. (more…)
With everyone and their dog out writing “revolutionary” manifestos, I thought I would throw something together for the social media crowd. It is my hope that social media addicts will save some cash on those spendy membership sites that teach you how to turn twitter into some sort of money tree and instead read my manifesto (also I have oceanfront property in the Mojave desert for sale). Seeing as I’m currently tripping on Percocet as a result of my wisdom teeth getting yanked out, this post could be divinely inspired and I could be enlightened. Or something. (more…)
About Beyond Growth
- Reality-Based Goal Setting
- If Capitalism is Sociopathic, How Should We Make a Living?
- Will Setting Goals Help or Hinder Your Life Achievement?
- Mindless Mindfulness and Sorting for Novelty
- More is More, Until More is Less
- Authentic Spirituality and the Double Binds of Power
- Personal Development and Justice for All
- The World is Not Your Mirror